In all of my 30+ years of teaching… there has been one common goal of my students that has really bothered me…
And sadly, the only reason it bothered me so much was because I knew that it was such a frustrating path… and that most students with this one particular desire ended up quitting (at worst,) or giving up this idea (at best.)
Maybe you have also had this idea of “mastering the fretboard completely…”
But do you know what that means?
And, more importantly, do you know how to do it?
My guess is that, at least at this point, you’re not sure. Maybe you’ve tried CAGED in the past and thought it was too difficult or confusing.
Or maybe you’ve been told that you need to learn CAGED, but you weren’t told why, so it seemed like a whole lot of work for very little payback musically...
It’s also possible that you’ve never even heard of this CAGED thing… and if that’s the case, you’re actually one of the lucky ones.
There is no single guitar concept I’ve ever seen that causes more confusion than CAGED for more unsuspecting guitar players around the globe…
And the reason is so simple: there is no why behind it.
If someone, somewhere, told you that you need to learn the CAGED system… you could have actually learned the nuts and bolts in about 10-15 minutes.
Seriously, that’s about how long it takes me to teach the fundamentals of CAGED.
The problem is, that’s where the explanation usually ends. There is no talk of what you can do with CAGED, why you might want it, or how you could use it.
There is no talk of how to practice it for mastery.
Let me put it to you this way… your brain can do only a few things at once (in books I’ve read on learning theory it is said the brain can handle 7 things, plus or minus 2 depending on the individual.)
So let’s say you are playing a song and you’d like to change the C chord to something a little fancier like a C9 chord…
Well your brain can handle knowing that it’s a C chord now, and knowing that you’d like to add a 9 to it – but if you don’t know on autopilot where that 9 is… forget about it, it ain’t happening.
Or maybe you’re soloing over a blues and you are playing the major blues scale, but you know there is a flatted 7th in the chord so you’d like to add it – but since you don’t have CAGED under your fingers you can’t just see where that b7 is… so you might as well have not had that idea at all.
Except that you did have the idea, and you weren’t able to execute it – and that, my friend, is the definition of frustration (as if you haven’t run into that before… I realize.)
And all of this is because someone, somewhere, told you about this CAGED thing and left you there hanging… it’s truly not your fault and I’m sorry that happened.
But the good news is that now you have a path in front of you that is step-by-step and leaves no stone unturned…